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  1. RedBeard

    IsoSpeed Cream

    Play full bed in Clash 100 and Blade 98 v7 16x19. Have it at 42lbs in the blade and love the pocketing feel I get from it. Better feel than Tour Bite Soft IMO, but less durability. Quite a lot more spin than a multi, like NRG or Sensation, but noticeably less spin than TB Soft. More crisp...
  2. RedBeard

    We Do Not Blame The Djoker For Not Attending Post Match Interview.

    Have seen a healthy teenage junior, dropped by a similarly paced ball that he took to that exact same spot. Exact same reaction...gasping and fell to ground. It is shocking and scary to see in person.
  3. RedBeard

    The Solution Speed FF can’t be that bad, can it?

    Lots of different foot types and lots of different movement types. I find Speed FF comfortable and move more confidently than with the FF2 (narrow foot). Have never had overheating issues in Speed FF, even in the 90+ Florida heat, but I don’t usually have overheating in most shoes. I’m also...
  4. RedBeard

    Clash 98: underrated racquet of 2019.

    I have 3 grams at 10 & 2 and a shock shield grip on my Clash 98s, which brings them up to 12 1/4 oz. It still doesn't match the stability of a stock v7 blade (I've only hit with the 16x19 V7), but helps. The launch angle of the Clash 98 will be very different than a V7 18x20 and will take some...
  5. RedBeard

    Clash 98: underrated racquet of 2019.

    The Clash 98 will cure some of the vagueness, in that the sweet spot is quite a bit smaller than the 100s. It takes more adjustment and is more difficult to just pick up and play than the 100s because of this. If I'm playing old school, serve and volley I grab my Phantom 100 18x20. If...
  6. RedBeard

    ROMAN PROKES!

    Bottom line is that if you want to customize for a specific goal, Roman or Sean are as able as anyone in the world to help you.
  7. RedBeard

    ROMAN PROKES!

    Mine was just simply matching one racquet to another and I think it was only about $50. Don’t know how long it took to do the work but they had it done 24 hours later.
  8. RedBeard

    ROMAN PROKES!

    I’ve had his son do some racquets for me. Super nice and knowledgeable. Took time to explain exactly what needed to be done to match my racquets and why. I would add that I didn’t know who he was at the time. He just gave the impression of being extremely knowledgeable without feeling like he...
  9. RedBeard

    Official Wilson Clash thread

    Short of switching to Natural gut or lowering your NXT tension down 5-10lbs, you probably won't get a whole lot more comfort out of strings without gaining more power at the expense of control. The Clash is already in a class of its own for comfort, so you already made a good choice. I...
  10. RedBeard

    Murray will never make top 40

    Watched him in a couple of practices before the Gasquet match and you could tell his serve was going to be a problem. Velocity and accuracy not there yet. But I think his serve can be fixed with time. I thought his movement looked okay. He's trimmed down a little bit (not as much muscle and...
  11. RedBeard

    Clash 98 Customization Suggestion

    I’ve added a few grams of lead at 10 and 2 which ups the swing weight and stability a bit. With OG and dampener I’m right at 11 3/4 oz. I have a few shock shield grips on the shelf, but so far enjoying with just that small amt of lead. Tour Bite at 52lbs gets me the launch angle I want, but...
  12. RedBeard

    Official Wilson Clash thread

    Either clash 100 will be a big adjustment coming from a dr98. You’ll have quite a bit less control and a way higher launch angle. The clash 98 might be worth a demo as it’s similar in control and launch angle but still a little more power and spin than the dr.
  13. RedBeard

    Who thinks the Wilson Clash series ?

    After hitting with the clash 100 for 2 months as my primary racquet and now adding the 98 to the mix, I’d offer the following thoughts: 1. I’ve never hit with a racquet series where the power difference is so pronounced between full gut and fully poly. 2. I can see why so many gut and multi...
  14. RedBeard

    Starting a Tennis Club

    I know, I know. Just don't want to see someone lose their shirt with a tennis-only facility. The tennis player in me hears the shrill sound of wiffle balls and cringes, but the businessman in me sees $ signs...and a giant sound deadening curtain to mute the pickleball noise.
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    Starting a Tennis Club

    If I was starting a club and there weren’t enough indoor pickleball courts in my area, I’d be be all over making sure I could satisfy that demand and have pickleball in my plans. In my area it’s an unstoppable wave. Not my thing, but he economics of getting more customers per square foot can’t...
  16. RedBeard

    New Asics Court FF 2

    Tried them 1/2 size down (like I wore in Court FF) and the fit is right (snug but not tight), but they put my weight back on my heels instead of on the balls of my feet/toes. Definitely a change from the Court FF that I don't like. To me, it feels less comfortable and less padded, but that...
  17. RedBeard

    Luxilon smart play test

    Tried my Clash strung with Smart at 54lbs. You do lose a little of the "pocketing" feel, but gain some control. Actually doesn't feel overly boardy or uncomfortable. But still doesn't cure the Clash's tendency to be slightly erratic at times.
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    Luxilon smart play test

    I'm not sure there's any magic to their low tension recommendation, other than its lower string deflection characteristics enable it to be strung lower. I would think that a few more pounds of tension would give you a little more control, just like any other string. I'll join in on your...
  19. RedBeard

    Luxilon smart play test

    What racquet are you using Smart with? I know that Lux says string low, but after using it about 8 hours in a couple of different frames, I think it's versatile enough to work at higher tensions, in the right frame. I still think it feels, acts, and has the durability of a really, really low...
  20. RedBeard

    Best Racquet For Hitting on The Rise?

    You're right...they should just change the name of this forum to the "Racquets Don't Matter" forum. Also, if you'll notice, my original post didn't say I was looking for a magical cure. Just wondering out loud about a racquet question BECAUSE THIS IS A RACQUET FORUM. How stupid of me that I...
  21. RedBeard

    Best Racquet For Hitting on The Rise?

    If you think racquets don't matter, then just say so. But us mere mortal rec players don't spend 6-8 hours a day on court as you do. I'm not claiming that extra time on court with my local pros won't help or that I know everything about taking the ball early...or even that I'm any good at...
  22. RedBeard

    Best Racquet For Hitting on The Rise?

    Well, it is the racquets forum...but whatever.
  23. RedBeard

    New Phantom Pro (18x20) (320)

    It's still a very comfortable frame. Definitely more comfortable than the TT100P, but not as soft as the 16x18. But I would also add that the launch angle isn't quite as low as the TT100P either. It's somewhere in-between the TT100P and the PP100 16x18 (when all 3 strung at the same tension).
  24. RedBeard

    Best Racquet For Hitting on The Rise?

    I agree with the posts pointing to the player, hand-eye coordination, and committing to hitting on the rise as the primary factors to success. Just wondered if there's a consensus as to what racquet type works best? Don't see myself switching from my Phantom Pro 100 18x20, more just wondering...
  25. RedBeard

    Best Racquet For Hitting on The Rise?

    What type of racquet is best for taking the ball early? I'm finding some success with my Prince Phantom Pro 18x20, but I also seem to do well with 100 sq inch lighter, stiff racquets. For some reason, 97-98 sq in medium-stiff racquets (65 RA or so) don't seem to work as well for me hitting on...
  26. RedBeard

    New Phantom Pro (18x20) (320)

    For me, the PP100 18x20 is superior on comfort, volleys, touch and feel, returns, overall topspin, and forehand. The TT100 superior on Power, 2HBH, Slice BH, Serves.
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    Luxilon smart play test

    The overall comfort of Smart is equal to Cream, but they feel different. It's hard to describe, but Smart has a crisper response than Cream, but is similar in comfort on off-center hits and is easy on the arm like Cream. I'm getting more feedback than Cream but none of the bad feedback I get...
  28. RedBeard

    Luxilon smart play test

    Mostly equal to cream 17.
  29. RedBeard

    New Phantom Pro (18x20) (320)

    Still loving my gut/poly hybrid at 45lbs. Have all the control I need plus it does add more power & forgiveness to the upper hoop, especially on serves.
  30. RedBeard

    Luxilon smart play test

    I have Smart strung at 42lbs in a Prince Phantom Pro 100 16x18 and find it lower powered than my usual Isospeed Cream 17 @ 48lbs. For flat, put-away volleys and linear strokes, it has a very gut-like, high powered response. When you introduce spin with high racquet head speed it calms down and...
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